AACU News & Notes

Congress Considering Prior Auth, Medical Liability Measures

posted: June 13, 2019
Recent weeks saw the introduction of two bipartisan bills in Congress that support long-held priorities of the AACU — Mitigating the burden of prior authorization and promoting rational... Read More

Urology Times: Urologist Advances in Race for U.S. Congress

posted: June 10, 2019
In an April 30 primary election, North Carolina urologist Greg Murphy, MD, came out on top of a crowded field of candidates seeking the Republican nomination to run for a seat in Congress. Dr... Read More

Urology Times: Feds, Multiple States Take Aim at Prior Auth Requirements

posted: May 4, 2019
The administrative burden associated with payer relations and benefit management contributes to rising costs and, in many cases, affects patient care. Read More

Preserve Access to Patient-Centered, Integrated Care

posted: April 23, 2019
The AACU joined 29 organizations in a letter dated April 23, 2019 to key committees in the U.S. House of Representatives concerning a proposal that would “severely limit patient access to... Read More

AACU, Coalitions Defeat Bans on Pediatric Procedures

posted: April 18, 2019
Throughout the first quarter of this year, the AACU played a key role defeating legislation in several states that proposed limiting access to medical information and treatment options for children... Read More

Urology Times: Spring Brings Budget Cuts, Stark Debate, and Hope for GME

posted: April 12, 2019
The past month has been an active one for developments in Washington that impact health care, from proposed budget cuts to modernizing the Stark Law and boosting Graduate Medical Education funding. Read More

AACU Signs Joint Letter Supporting Pass-Through Rebate Rule

posted: April 11, 2019
The AACU, through membership in the Alliance for Transparent and Affordable Prescriptions, submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General... Read More

President’s Priorities Take Shape in Proposed Budget

posted: March 14, 2019
On Monday, March 11, the President published his budget proposal for fiscal year 2020. The President’s budget — which was written prior to the recent budget deal — would reduce... Read More

Urology Times: Telemedicine Policies Advance with Technology

posted: March 13, 2019
State lawmakers and federal regulators have taken significant steps in recent months to address conditions that restrict wide-spread integration of telemedicine into daily practice. Read More

UROPAC Discusses GME Funding and Stark Law Modernization with Key Congressional Members

posted: March 1, 2019
Rep. Brad Wenstrup, DPM (R-OH) and UROPAC Treasurer Amanda North, MDDr. Amanda North, treasurer of UROPAC, visited Washington D.C. with staff from AACU last week to kick-off initiatives to... Read More

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Advocacy Priorities
  • Prostate Cancer Screening and Awareness

    Eliminating Misdiagnosis and Reducing Wasteful Medicare SpendingEvery 20 minutes an American man dies from prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that 161,360 men were told they have prostate cancer in 2017. Early detection is critical because research shows the five-year survival...

  • IPAB Repeal

    IPAB permanently repealed in a major victory for the AACU and urology communityThe AACU is pleased to report that the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R. 1892) included provisions to repeal the Independent Physicians Advisory Board (IPAB), a 15-member panel of unelected officials that had the...

  • Graduate Medical Education and Physician Workforce Shortage

    Ensuring a Well-Trained Physician Workforce Increase Federally Funded Physician Training ProgramsRequestUrologists urge Congress to acknowledge the importance of specialty medicine and address urological workforce shortages that jeopardize patient access to care. We urge lawmakers to support...

  • The Impact of Pharmacy Benefit Managers on Access to Affordable Treatment

    Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) have a significant impact on prescription drug costs and the ability of patients to obtain the medications they need in a timely and affordable manner, and yet very little is known about their role. The AACU is dedicated to working with policymakers at both the...

  • Improve Preventive Task Force Recommendations, Preserve Access to Prostate Cancer Screening

    The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) plays a critical role in preventive care because its recommendations dictate what preventive services many health plans must provide without cost sharing. Currently, however, the USPSTF has little accountability. Task Force members are...

  • Medical Liability Reform: Protect Physician Volunteers During National Disasters

    Protection for Physician Disaster VolunteersClinical urologists urge support for the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act of 2017, introduced in the House by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7) and in the Senate by Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA). This crucial legislation seeks to shield medical...

  • Modernize Law Restricting Coordinated Care (“Stark Law”)

    When Congress enacted the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, it replaced a fundamentally flawed reimbursement framework with a program promoting value-based care delivery. Value-based care, as measured by the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and alternative payment...

  • Patients Over Paperwork: Reducing the Burden of Medicare Red Tape

    Urologists across the country treat a high volume of Medicare patients and therefore deal with the program’s numerous requirements and complex payment structures on a near daily basis. The AACU is dedicated to working with legislators and policymakers to identify ways to simplify and...

State Advocacy
  • Fair Contracting and Medical Practice Freedom

    Where We Stand Ensure openness and fairness in health care provider contacts. Prevent third-party payors from changing the terms of their provider contract without notice to the provider and without the consent of the provider. Ensure that physician licensure is based upon a physician's...

  • Medical Liability Reform — Expert Witness Qualifications

    Strengthen expert witness standards Ensure that expert witness is from the same specialty as the defendant physician Prevent frivolous lawsuits Improve the practice environment for physicians in your stateWhenever a physician’s conduct is being called into question, it is only fair...

  • Prostate Cancer Awareness & Assessment

    Where We Stand Continue the progress that has been made in the reduction of prostate cancer morbidity and mortality with the appropriate use of prostate cancer testing. Ensure that third-party payors provide for the reimbursement of prostate cancer testing when the patient and his physician...

  • Uniform Prior Authorization for Prescriptions and Health Services

    Where We Stand Prior authorizations cost the health system $728 million in 2012. Prior authorization requests must use a single form, no more than two pages in length. Forms must available for both access and submission electronically. Requests are deemed approved if no response is...

  • Work Force — Scope of Practice

    Where We Stand Allow the maximum patient-to-physician ratio to increase based on the number of physician assistants in a practice. Expand the ability of nurse practitioners and physician assistants to supervise medical assistants when doctors aren’t on the premises.Proactive Physician...

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